Chair of the Australian Regional Tourism Network, David Sheldon, welcomed the outcomes from the August edition of Deloitte’s Tourism and Hotel Market outlook and the positive statement from Tourism Australia’s CEO, John O’Sullivan that Tourism is out-performing the broader Australian Economy.
Mr Sheldon stated, “These impressive results both quantify and qualify the Australian Regional Tourism Networks’ platform for the 3 levels of Government to start a serious policy development on the infrastructure requirements for Regional Australia and incentives for regional investment, to date we have fallen over the line, so for these fantastic results to continue all 3 levels of Government need to get serious about infrastructure and investment in Regional Australia.”
“When we look at the domestic growth with a trend of around 9% coupled with the upgraded forecast in International visitation to 6.2% per annum for tourism to remain an economic driver our political leaders need to look to investing into enabling infrastructure beyond our traditional destinations and definitely beyond the metro backdrop.”
David concluded by saying, “The report states growth in the domestic market to regional Australia grew 50% faster than capital city domestic leisure travel so it really is time for the heavy weights on the hill to get serious about Tourism in regional Australia and start some heavy lifting. It’s a topic of discussion that will be in the spot light at this year ARTN Convention in Roma Qld 25-27 October.”